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Shakespeare William Shakespeare was baptized in Holy Trinity Church on April 26 1564 His actual date of birth is unknown although it was probably a few days before his baptism The only records of his early life include tax receipts and birth and death records He probably went to Stratford Grammar School and studied Latin Greek the classics and history He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and had his first daughter Susanna in 1593 He and Anne also had twins in 1585 named Hamnet and Judith No records of him exist from 1582 to 1592 Plays were very popular in the time that Shakespeare lived and were often performed in London He wrote 37 five act plays and by 1592 he was in London acting and writing plays He wrote three different types of plays that included comedies Comedy of Errors A Midsummer Nights Dream tragedies Romeo and Juliet Hamlet Macbeth and histories Julius Caesar Richard III He wrote 154 sonnets in the 1590s probably when the Theaters were closed due to plague and the sonnets were publishes in 1609 Shakespeare owned part of the Globe Theater although the Bubonic Plague closed down theaters for long periods of time He was an actorstockholder in Lord Chamberlains Men the most famous acting company in London at the time His son Hamnet died in 1596 He retired to Stratford fairly wealthy and bought New Place an estate in Stratford in 1597 Shakespeare died on April 23 1616 Good friend of Jesus sake forbear To dig the dust enclosed here Blest be the man that spares these stones And cursd be he that moves my bones was written on his tombstone
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